Featured Member Quilts: April 28

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One of our readers had the perfect statement for this quilt by Janet Shannon. She said “Extraordinary, original, colorful, complicated, beautiful. I am running out of adjectives!” We agree!

Janet writes,

“I madethis quilt for our son using my husbandís silk ties as an heirloom to pass down through the generations. The ties represent the years my husband worked to provide for his family and the quilt was a labor of love on my part, hence the name ‘Family Ties’.
The quilt was sewn by hand, English piecing the hexagons and diamonds into stars and tumbling blocks. The quilt top has 491 individual pieces in it.

As our experienced quilters know, “English piecing” refers to hand-sewn paper piecing. It helps with complex angles and sometimes just goes by the initals EPP. It is a historical technique to insure accuracy and dates back to the late 18th century. It allowed for small scraps of fabric, especially in delicate fabrics such as silk, to be used. They would be hand basted onto precisely cut paper templates using whipstitches. The shapes are then sewn together and the basting and paper is removed. There are a number of tutorials available online, as well as classes at shops, retreats, conventions and guild meetings, to help the new quilter who wants to learn a historic technique.


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Marty Laney shared this photo with our 24 Blocks Facebook quilting community. The quilt was made by the Main Line Quilters for Habitat for Humanity. The title is “Our House is a Very, Very Nice House”. We’d just like to say “Bravo” to the Main Liners for their very good idea and well done work. There are some very interesting blocks it it. The second from the left, top row has the reflection from the windows and it looks like there’s a small Sunbonnet Sue in the 4th block over and down. Quilts and houses, they go together, just like hundreds of thousands of quilters who use their talent to keep others warm and sheltered.

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Marilyn Cooper just writes, “Quite a challenge but really pretty”. We all agree that it is beautiful. Notice the houses on the border. It’s a wonderful quilt for spring.

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Although we usually feature baby quilts on Monday’s, we just can’t wait to highlight this one by Karen Davis. It glows! Her color choices are so nice, giving a bit of a modern feel to traditional elements. Karen writes,

“Thishas my Grandma Ann’s Sunbonnet Sue pattern that I’ve adapted for several quilts. This one will keep my 6th grand baby -in-law cozy. Hand appliquÈd and machine stitched, it matches the colors of her room.

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Kay Holbrook writes simply “Done with my Star of Bethlehem quilt.” We all share in the good feeling that finishing up a project brings. And we all know that it’s important to photograph it and record the details. Quilters are, after all, artists and the keepers of tradition.

Thank you all for posting your work on our Facebook page. Our readers always like, too, getting information about the patterns used and their source, techniques of construction, how you were inspired, how you pick and place fabric and any interesting stories that go with it all. We’re social media. We learn from and inspire each other.

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